The tourism and business events industry are up in arms about the Federal Governments budget announcement that the Passenger Movement Charge will be increased by $8.00 per visit. The industry has rallied together to fight the charge with an adverising campaign being launch today.
Speaking at a press conference on 17th May in Auckland John Lee, CEO, Tourism and Transport Forum stated: “The passenger movement charge (PMC) is a tax on tourism which acts as a barrier to entry for international visitors to Australia,” Lee said.
“In that way it’s a form of tariff protection, bordering on protectionism, practices we have been trying to stamp out for many years now.
“It’s hard to reconcile the efforts to grow visitation to Australia and double overnight tourism expenditure by 2020 with the decision to add 17% to the PMC, which is nothing more than a departure tax."
BECA is supporting the call not to increase the Passenger Movement Charge and to remove the possibilitiy of future indexation of the tax.